Mission: To provide food for the hungry, respond to emergencies for those in need,eliminate hunger in the inland valley and to serve the community with dignity and respect.
Programs: Sowing seeds for life (ssfl) provides beyond basic staple food to our clients we provide them with fresh produce, diapers, household and cleaning products and usually enough to get the average family though about two weeks. Our clients are no and low-income residents of the community. The items in which they receive in addition to those mentioned include calfresh application assistance, referrals to other service providers and hands on employment skills training. We serve close 7,000 individuals each month and give away over 1 million pounds of food annually. Our program services are unique to the industry in that we serve in a farmers market style of operation; this is done for very specific reasons. First, if offers the clients the ability to select the food and items they want and will use thus items are never wasted. Second, it makes for a happy environment for clients who often experience depression and stigma associated with the need to utilize food pantry services, our method plan greatly improves their overall well-being and third, it sheds a light on the needs within our community that give passersby as well as residents the opportunity to visually understand how they can get involved and help those in need. It is an overall positive endeavor. We receive in-kind donations from major and national retailers and volunteer assistance from them as well. Our volunteers assist clients with brief, case management, and application completion for other services such as cal-fresh, edison and the gas company among others. Major community events that assist our clients include our annual easter basket give away (which 200 children or more receive baskets), back to school supply drive, thanksgiving luncheon and christmas in the park (where over 600 children received toys and the entire pantry is taken out into the community to serve families). Fundraisers in support of our program include: the la verne country fair, the annual celebrity golf tournament and the hunger walk.
I got involved with Sowing Seeds and Vicki Brown over four years ago. Vicki Brown is an amazing lady with tremendous energy. She now serves over 3500 people per month on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. She joined our Chamber and we work together promoting her program to the area. She also host special holiday events. This Saturday, Dec. 14th, she will host her Christmas in the park program. This is a family event with face painting for the kids, toys for all, food and clothes. Sowing Seeds is special and give so much back to the surrounding communities. I am proud to be able to support them anyway I can.
I got involved with Sowing Seeds for Life because the founder, Vicki Brown, hired my developmentally adult daughter to work at her aerospace company, DPI Labs, when no one else would. Vicki is that kind of person. Sowing Seeds for Life (SSFL) has grown tremendously in my three-plus years of involvement. And its annual charity golf tournament is one of the best of its kind, attracting some of the biggest names from the Southern California sports scene -- Jerry West, Bill Sharman, James Worthy, Elgin Baylor; Steve Garvey, Bill Russell, Ron Cey; Trevor Denman, Laffit Pincay and too many others to list here. But what really counts with Sowing Seeds for Life is helping people in need.